January is here, and for many with it comes a new resolve to adhere to our New Year’s resolutions. We can’t help you with your personal goals this year. But if you’re looking to cut down on some of your bad technology habits, then read on for advice on how to break common tech addictions in the year ahead.
As Dan Tynan put it in a recent article for CIO, “Whether you’re an infrastructure junkie or a Slack head, chasing the data dragon or mesmerized by the blinking lights on your network operations center dashboard, your tech addictions can kill productivity, sap budgets and stall innovation.”
In today’s technology-saturated environment the list of possible tech addictions is endless. However, Tynan whittled them down to four chief mistakes that most of us make. Take a look:
- Collecting Data with No Strategy — A big data analytics strategy is essential to the success of any organization. But collecting data just because it’s there for the taking without first outlining how it will be used and the goals for its collection is a mistake—and a habit many organizations must break. Tynan says there’s no need for companies to “go cold turkey on data,” but it’s important that they become more selective about what they’re collecting. He advises organizations to identify the data that is truly critical to the business.
- Buying Into the AI Hype — Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a popular technology across industries, but it’s not a magic solution to all of today’s enterprise challenges. Some departments, applications, and functions may be better suited to automation than others and applying AI unilaterally to everything is unlikely to result in success. In fact, the effort could easily backfire and negatively impact the business. Tynan suggests companies run small pilots first to gauge the success of AI before deploying it more broadly.
- Keeping the Premises Crowded — Tynan interviewed a “recovering engineer” who spoke of the sense of control he felt managing a data center full of business-critical hardware. Many technical professionals struggle with giving up this control and migrating more apps to the cloud, but it’s important that they do so in order to invest time in future-proofing the business.
- Slack-ing Off — An over-reliance on Slack and other business communication tools can decrease productivity and detract from important interpersonal communication. To address this, Tynan recommends that companies set rules around chat and other communication tools.
For more advice on combating these and other technology bad habits, check out Tynan’s full article here.